Capital Research Center (CRC)
The Capital Research Center (CRC) was founded in 1984 by Willa Johnson to “study non-profit organizations, with a special focus on reviving the American traditions of charity, philanthropy, and voluntarism.” Prior to founding CRC, Willa Johnson had been Senior Vice President of the Heritage Foundation, then worked as Deputy Director of the Office of Presidential Personnel in the first Reagan administration, and as a legislative aide in both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives. , 
As part of the conservative campaign to 'Defund the left' the Capital Research Center produces a range of publications targeting foundations, unions and activist groups that it views as supporting liberal causes. 
The Capital Research Center's monthly publications include the following:
- Organization Trends that reports on and analyzes the activities of advocacy organizations;
- Labor Watch that scrutinizes union contributions and activism;
- Foundation Watch that “examines the grantmaking of private foundations”
- Compassion & Culture (discontinued in 2009), which highlighted the “work of small, locally based charities that help the needy.”
- Green Watch, which it describes as a project dedicated to “monitoring the leadership, activities and funding of the liberal environmentalist movement” 
The Capital Research Center has also published Patterns in Corporate Philanthropy, which documents corporate donations to non-profit groups.
Stance on Climate Change
“Years from now, when Global Warming theory is on the ashheap of history with supposed science like white supremacy, Piltdown Man, canals on Mars, Keynesianism, and N-rays, taxpayers will probably still be stuck paying for insane subsidies and mandates for ancient technologies repackaged as waves of the future—wind, solar, biofuels, dippy birds, whatever—and the I-Love-Science-When-It-Supports-My-Prejudices 'Progressives' will probably still be pushing policies like the Obama War on Coal, although, by then, they may have moved on to, say, a War on Fire conducted by the administration of President Chelsea Clinton or perhaps President Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky-Kennedy, who will get elected on an 'anti-dynasty' platform.” 
“As regular visitors to this space know well, there is no basis for the claim, put forth by President Obama and other radical environmentalists, that “97 percent” of scientists believe in Global Warming theory. They repeat this imaginary statistic over and over because, when it comes to real science, they got nuthin’.” 
“Despite environmentalist claims of a 'consensus' on global warming, climate science is contentious.” 
The following is based on data the Conservative Transparency project collected from publicly-available 990 tax returns. Note that not all funding values have been verified by DeSmog. See the attached spreadsheet for additional information on Capital Research Center funding by year (.xlsx). 
|Sarah Scaife Foundation||$5,250,000|
|The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation||$2,268,320|
|Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation||$650,000|
|John M. Olin Foundation||$617,500|
|William H. Donner Foundation||$565,833|
|Philip M. McKenna Foundation||$471,000|
|Lillian S. Wells Foundation||$390,000|
|Searle Freedom Trust||$360,000|
|Stuart Family Foundation||$257,000|
|Scaife Family Foundation||$255,000|
|The Carthage Foundation||$225,000|
|The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation||$220,000|
|Jaquelin Hume Foundation||$175,000|
|The Randolph Foundation||$173,000|
|Donors Capital Fund||$142,500|
|The Rodney Fund||$135,000|
|F.M. Kirby Foundation||$110,000|
|The Roe Foundation||$110,000|
|Chase Foundation of Virginia||$61,100|
|Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust||$60,000|
|Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation||$59,800|
|The Weiler Foundation||$50,000|
|The Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation||$42,000|
|Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation||$35,000|
|Arthur N. Rupe Foundation||$25,000|
|Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation||$25,000|
|John William Pope Foundation||$20,000|
|Pierre F. and Enid Goodrich Foundation||$20,000|
|Neal and Jane Freeman Foundation||$10,000|
|Walton Family Foundation||$10,000|
|The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation||$9,500|
|The Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation||$6,500|
|DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative||$5,000|
|Tepper Family Foundation||$4,500|
|Diana Davis Spencer Foundation||$4,000|
|Joyce and Donald Rumsfeld Foundation||$4,000|
|Lynn & Foster Friess Family Foundation||$1,000|
|The Challenge Foundation||$1,000|
|William E. Simon Foundation||$1,000|
Tobacco Industry Funding
ExxonMobil announced that the Capital Research Center would be one of nine groups it would stop funding in 2008 that had been associated with global warming skepticism. Exxon had made a similar promise in 2007, but most of the organizations continued to receive funding. 
Board of Trustees
- Terrence Scanlon, Chairman — Washington, DC, President, Capital Research Center
- Gil Collins, Greenbrae, CA — Trustee, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
- Constance Larcher, Washington, DC — President and CEO, Washington Legal Foundation
- Hon. Edwin Meese III, Washington, DC — Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
- William Meyersohn, Miami, FL — Real Estate Consultant
- Marion G. Wells, Ft. Lauderdale, FL — Trustee, The Heritage Foundation and The Intercollegiate Studies Institute
- Thomas S. Winter, Washington, DC — Editor-in-Chief, Human Events
National Advisory Board
- Dr. Larry P. Arnn — President, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
- Dr. John A. Baden — Chairman, Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment (FREE), Bozeman, MT
- Linda Chavez — Chairman, Center for Equal Opportunity, Falls Church, VA
- Midge Decter — Author, New York, NY
- Christopher Long — President, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Wilmington, DE
- Adam Meyerson — President, The Philanthropy Roundtable, Washington, DC
- Kate O’Beirne — Former President, National Review Institute, Washington, DC
- P.J. O’Rourke — Author and Columnist, Peterborough, NH
- Dr. Marvin Olasky — Editor-in-Chief, World, Asheville, NC
- Sally Pipes — President & CEO, Pacific Research Institute, San Francisco, CA
- Menlo Smith — CEO, Sunmark Capital Corporation, St. Louis, MO
- Dr. Kenneth R. Weinstein — President & CEO, Hudson Institute, Washington, DC
- Dr. Walter Williams — Professor of Economics, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
- Robert L. Woodson, Sr. — Founder & President, National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise, Washington, DC
- Terrence Scanlon — President
- Scott Walter — Executive Vice President
- Dan Thompson — Director of Development
- Matthew Vadum — Senior Editor, Organization Trends and Foundation Watch
- Steven J. Allen — Senior Editor, Labor Watch and Green Watch
- Jana Marie Erwin — Development Associate
- Christopher Krukewitt — Accountant
- Tyler Stone — Office Manager
Tom Holt, appears to have been a past CRC “visiting fellow.” Holt has advocated legal reforms that would make it more difficult to sue corporations on the premise that “the consumer movement has imposed significant costs on industry–costs ultimately passed on to consumers–and has violated individual freedoms in a futile effort to protect us from our own actions and judgment.” 
April 1, 2015
Terrence Scanlon of CRC was a signatory to a letter to President Bush, applauding his decision not to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
“Environmentally and socially irresponsible corporations and their operatives are lobbying the Administration to snub the Summit and halt any progress toward addressing environmental accountability and global climate change,” said Friends of the Earth President, Dr. Brent Blackwelder. 
In the press release launching the Greenwatch site in the fall of 2001, Rep. Butch Otter (R-ID), called the groups included in the Greenwatch database “extremists,” and declared the purpose of the database was to “monitor and keep the extremists in check.” 
The Capital Research Center published studies criticizing charities such as the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society for their anti-tobacco lobbying efforts. 
CRC was later criticized, and it was revealed that Phillip Morris had provided $50,000 in funding to the Capital Research Center. 
Capital Research Center Contact & Location
As of June 2016, the Capital Research Center listed the following contact information on its website: 
Capital Research Center
1513 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 483-6990 (fax)
“Corporate Philanthropy,” Acton Institute. Archived February 2, 2007.
“About CRC,” Archived December 13, 2010.
Neil Hrab. ”'Direct Action': The Tactics of Radical Activism: Part I” (PDF), Organization Trends (Capital Research Center), February, 2004. Archived February 5, 2007. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmogBlog.
Bonner Cohen. “The Green Counter-Establishment: How It Holds Power” (PDF), Organization Trends (Capital Research Center). Archived November 27, 2008.
ExxonSecrets Factsheet: Capital Research Center and Greenwatch, CRC. Accessed October, 2015.
“Exxon Announces Cutoff for Warming Skeptics – Again,” Integrity in Science, June 2, 2008. Archived October 18, 2015.
“Capital Research Center,” Conservative Transparency. Accessed October 18, 2015.
“Capital Research Center and the tobacco industry,” SourceWatch. Accessed October 18, 2015.
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“SLAPP Happy: Corporations That Sue to Shut You Up,” PRWatch, Second Quarter 1997, Volume 4, No. 2. Archived March 8, 2012.
“Witch-Hunt 2015: Leftist politicians and the media try to blacklist scientists who are skeptical about Global Warming,” Capital Research Centre, April 1, 2015. Archived October 18, 2015. WebCite URL: http://www.webcitation.org/6cNdYu5rA
Lisa Song. “A Guide To Willie Soon's Climate Research Funded by Fossil Fuel Companies,” InsideClimate News, February 23, 2015.
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“Capital Research Center (CRC): Koch Industries Climate Denial Front Group,” Greenpeace USA. Accessed July 5, 2016. Most recent data on file at DeSmogBlog.
“The Capital Research Center: A Rising Star in the Crowded Universe of Right-Wing Think Tanks,” CultureWatch Online, Issue No. 36, October 1996. Archived October 15, 2000.
“Capital Research Center,” Wikipedia Entry.